Spiders are making a massive exodus amid widespread flooding in Southeast Australia.
Heavy rains last week forced thousands from their homes in New South Wales, and hundreds more had to be rescued from rising waters, officials said on Monday.
But people aren’t the only ones fleeing the floods – swarms of creatures have also tried to reach dry land, according to videos and photos posted on social media.
Melanie Williams, from the town of Macksville in New South Wales, posted a clip on Facebook on Saturday showing hundreds of arachnids crawling on her garage door.
“So many flood spiders,” she wrote.
Another video, posted by TikTok user Shenea Varley over the weekend, showed spiders hanging from a fence as they struggled to escape the bubbling flood waters below.
“There were also skinks, ants, pretty much all the bugs, crickets – all just trying to get away from the floodwaters,” Varley told Guardian Australia after a visit to western Sydney.
“My husband filmed it, because I wasn’t going to go near it,” she added. “When he was still he had spiders crawling on his legs.
Kinchela Creek resident Matt Lovenfosse told CNN on Tuesday that the rain was still falling and the floodwaters were approaching his family’s home.
“In the morning he should be inside and the spiders will be all over the house,” he told the store, adding that “the trees are full of snakes.”
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